Q is for Quote

The April Blogging from A to Z Challenge continues!

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Q is for Quote

People have important things to say.  I love listening to others’ words for the gem of an idea, the jewel that perfectly expresses an emotion.  That’s why I wrote Quotes for Creative Minds, a collection of my favorite quotes from celebrities great and small.  Here’s a few of my faves:

It is a known condition that when you begin to pay attention to something you’ve never really looked at before, you will begin to see it everywhere.  You eventually begin to feel as if the thing is out to find you, instead of the other way around.   –Keri Smith

When anyone becomes an authority, that is the end of him as far as development is concerned. (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1948)

Education, of course, is always based on what was. Education shows you what has been and leaves you to make the deduction as to what may be. Education as we pursue it cannot prophesy, and does not. (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1955)

“I don’t have space in my head to put up with harmless old gits trying to make me feel bad,” said Amina, folding her arms.  “I’ve learned to tell the difference between the people who can really hurt you and those who just want to look down their noses.” – Helen Simonson, Major Pettigrew’ Last Stand

“Only sometimes when we pick and choose among the rules we discover later that we have set aside something precious in the process.” – Helen Simonson, Major Pettigrew’ Last Stand

“Life does often get in the way of one’s reading.” – Helen Simonson, Major Pettigrew’ Last Stand

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G is for Grammar

The April Blogging from A to Z Challenge continues!

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G is for GRAMMAR

I’m not a grammar Nazi, but I definitely appreciate the proper use of common words.

In this age of texting, posting, and tweeting, many people have fallen into the habit of using poor speech – typing as casually as they would yell to someone in the next room.

I typically overlook mistakes in informal conversations online, but bad grammar and misspelled words are appearing in advertising, news reports, headlines, and billboards.  Far from reflecting a laid-back approach to literature, it’s looking like a good education has escaped the people who call themselves professionals.

One local restaurant had a sign advertising their new tilapia dish.  It took six weeks and 3 separate attempts before the sign finally had the correct spelling of tilapia.  (Frankly, I lost my confidence in their ability to cook what they couldn’t spell.)

I had hoped that with the entire world wide web at everyone’s fingertips that the written word would improve.  Surely, there is app for THAT?

What do you think?  Is grammar a big deal or not?  Do you judge a person by their writing presence?

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B is for BOOK

The April Blogging from A to Z Challenge continues!

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B is for BOOK

  Writers love books.  Readers love books.  It’s a symbiotic relationship that satisfies all parties involved.

The definition of what constitutes a book has been evolving during the last few years of technological design, but the message remains the same.  Books – in any form – are something we just can’t live without.

Today, I’m going to share a new favorite of mine…. It’s A Book by Lane Smith

Go ahead.  Smile indulgently at this “children’s book”.  The joke’s on you.  This hilarious little 32-page number is packed with digs and pokes at the digital world, and mostly defines what a book isn’t.

You’ll enjoy the conversation between Monkey and Donkey (and a little from Mouse), but mostly, the last page will have you rolling on the floor with the one answer we’d all like to give to those who interrupt us when we’re reading.

I won’t spoil it for you, but you absolutely MUST go get this book for yourself.  If I were a gazillionaire, I’d buy one for all my friends – even the donkey ones.

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